Girls Tennis: Fox Chapel pair takes silver

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Last season, Laurel Shymansky took gold in Hershey, as she and Lacey Cohen defeated North Allegheny’s Maddy Adams and Tina Li in three hard-fought sets in the PIAA Class AAA doubles title match.

On Saturday, Shymansky and Li once again squared off – with different partners – in the state championship. This time, however, it was Li who walked away with the gold.

Li and Eugenia Lee defeated Shymansky and freshman Amanda Nord, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, to win the state title.


Hockey: Foxes off to fast start

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After winning just four of its 20 games in its first season back in the PIHL, Fox Chapel has almost equaled that total in the early going in this season.

The Foxes, who dropped from Class AAA to Class AA this season, are 3-1-2 through six games, including a 2-0-2 mark over their four contests. Brian Beal, Ben Friedland and Jonathan Rice lead a balanced scoring attack with seven points apiece. The Foxes have 10 players with at least two points this season.

Fox Chapel also has one of the best netminders in Class AA in Chad Veltri, an all-star last season. Veltri is 3-0-2 on the season, stopping 139 of 152 shots (.914 save percentage) with a 2.47 goals-against average.

The Foxes are off until Tuesday, when they face Moon. 


Football: Senior QB drives Fox Chapel to playoff spot

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles Fox Chapel quarterback Billy Urso.

"Competing in Class AAAA with a roster of about 36 players presents a team with many challenges.

Fourth-year coach Eric Ravotti relies on many of his players to play offense and defense.

One player who is not a two-way player is senior Billy Urso — he does plenty playing quarterback for the Foxes."



Alumni Update – Jessie Thiessen (Allegheny College)

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CLEVELANDTwo Allegheny student-athletes have been named North Coast Athletic Conference Players of the Week for actionThiessen AC during the week of Oct. 12. Sophomore Jessie Thiessen has been named the NCAC Women's Soccer of the Week, while junior Jimmy Lasher was tabbed the NCAC's Men's Golfer of the Week.

Thiessen, who earns the honor for the third time in her career, helped lead the Gators to a pair of NCAC victories on the week.  

In Tuesday's 2-0 shutout of Oberlin, the sophomore forward scored the game's first goal in the 21st minute, before assisting on Tori Delzer's insurance marker with seven minutes remaining in regulation. Thiessen followed that performance up by racking a career-high three assists in the Gators' 5-0 Homecoming win over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.  

On the season, the Fox Chapel graduate now leads the Gators with 19 points, with six goals and a conference-leading seven assists.  

This marks the second Player of the Week honor bestowed upon a Gator women's soccer player this season, as senior goalie Gabby Curtis earned the laurel on Sept. 29.


(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)


Football: Fox Chapel slips into Class AAAA playoffs

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The past few weeks have been pretty exciting for Fox Chapel's football team. The Foxes won three of their last four games, including last week's playoff-clinching 21-0 shutout against Butler.

That victory earned Fox Chapel (4-4, 3-4) fifth place in the Northern Eight Conference as well as the program's first postseason berth since 2011. The Foxes grabbed their playoff spot thanks to conference wins against Seneca Valley, Shaler and Butler. Last week, they outgained Butler in total yardage, 351-138.

Carrington Vaughn, a senior running back, helped the Foxes by rushing for 170 yards and a touchdown against the Golden Tornado. Quarterback Billy Urso added a score by throwing a touchdown pass to Thomas Smith and finished the game completing 9 of 20 passes for 128 yards.

Urso, a senior, has been one of the top quarterbacks in the WPIAL all season. Through eight games, Urso has completed 94 of 180 attempts for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns. As a junior, Urso threw for 1,651 yards and 16 touchdowns.